Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Mariano and Boone Logan join Trenton Thunder exhibition game v Phillies minor leaguers

3/27/12, "THUNDER: Rivera mows ‘em down," The Trentonian, Josh Norris, Tampa, Fla.

"A day after Phil Hughes made an appearance at minor league camp, it was time for two more members of the Yankees’ pitching staff — one more vaunted than the other — to take their turn against Phillies minor leaguers. Before the team’s evening tilt with the Blue Jays, future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera and lefty specialist Boone Logan pitched the first and second inning of the Thunder’s exhibition tilt with the Phillies’ Double-A work group.

In front of a throng of wide-eyed farmhands, Rivera struck out the first two hitters he faced, then broke the bat of the final hitter on a weak grounder to the left side.

Catcher Mitch Abeita, likely to break camp with Double-A, caught Rivera, and naturally had positive things to say about the experience.

“Mariano, what can you say about him,” Abeita said. “We put it up there, he’s going to hit his spots.”

Logan ran into a little trouble. He gave up singles to two of the first three hitters, then allowed a run on a sacrifice fly before getting out of the inning....

Graham Stoneburner threw 51 pitches in relief of Boone Logan on Tuesday. Stoneburner, a likely member of the 2012 Thunder rotation, showcased a fastball in the low 90s that he was able to mostly keep toward the bottom of the zone. He also flashed a change-up and a nice slider in the low 80s. Chase Whitley came in for two-plus innings after Stoneburner, and Tim Norton finished the afternoon. Norton, who can throw gas in the mid-90s, appeared to be working a lot on his offspeed offerings. ...

Former Phillies infielder Manny Trillo was in Yankees camp on Tuesday. He’s the general manager of the Aguilas de Zulia of the Venezuelan League. He was in town looking at players he might want to bring to the Aguilas come the winter-league season. "

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